The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


News and Announcements

15th January, 2017

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From the Parish Priest's Desk


Dear brothers & sisters in Christ,

The prophet Isaiah in chapter 61, speaks of “terebinths of integrity, planted by the Lord to glorify Him. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise what has long lain waste, they will restore the ruined cities, all that has lain waste for ages past.”

Our patron, Bl. John Henry Newman, in a sermon for Epiphany entitled ‘The Glory of the Cristian Church’, preached thus: Nothing is more counter to the spirit of the Gospel than to hunger after signs and wonders; and the rule of Scripture interpretation now given, is especially adapted to wean us from such wanderings of heart. It is our duty, rather it is our blessedness, to walk by faith; therefore we will take the promises (with God's help) in faith; we will believe they are fulfilled, and enjoy the fruit of them before we see it. We will fully acknowledge, as being firmly persuaded, that His word cannot return unto Him void; that it has its mission, and must prosper so far as substantially to accomplish it. We will adore the Blessed Spirit as coming and going as He listeth, and doing wonders daily which the world knows not of. We will consider Baptism and the other Christian Ordinances effectual signs of grace, not forms and shadows, though men abuse and profane them; and particularly, as regards our immediate subject, we will unlearn, as sober and serious men, the expectation of any public displays of God's glory in the edification of His Church, seeing she is all-glorious within, in that inward shrine, made up of faithful hearts, and inhabited by the Spirit of grace. We will put off, so be it, all secular, all political views of the victories of His kingdom. While labouring to unite its fragments, which the malice of Satan has scattered to and fro, to recover what is cast away, to purify what is corrupted, to strengthen what is weak, to make it in all its parts what Christ would have it, a Church Militant, still (please God) we will not reckon on any visible fruit of our labour. We will be content to believe our cause triumphant, when we see it apparently defeated. We will work with zeal, but as to the Lord and not to men; recollecting that even Apostles saw the sins of the Churches they planted; that St. Paul predicted that "evil men and seducers would wax worse and worse;" and that St. John seems even to consider extraordinary unbelief as the very sign of the times of the Gospel, as if the light increased the darkness of those who hated it. "Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many Antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time." [2 Tim. iii. 13. 1 John ii. 18.].

Let us pray that the Lord will raise up “terebinths of integrity” to restore what is ruined, confident that nevertheless God’s Church remains “all glorious within”, and that Christ’s Victory is sure. In this Centenary year of Fatima we entrust the Church to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying for the complete fulfillment of all her requests, including the consecration of Russia.

Let us pray and work unceasingly for the reign of Christ the King, through the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

May God bless you.

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest

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Fr Tattersall will be away from 17th January – 11th February. Please note the reduced Mass schedule during this period.

Epiphany Water is now available (BYO containers) in the Church vestibule, together with chalk, blessed in honour of the Magi – Sts Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. The chalk should be used to mark, above or near the main entrance to the home, the initials of the three Magi, and the new year of the Lord, thus:


20 + C M B + 17

This custom is a great witness to Our Lord, and an invocation that we – like the Magi – might seek Christ at all times during the coming year. Those whose homes have not yet been blessed, and would like to receive this blessing during Epiphanytide, are invited to contact the Secretary.

Children’s catechesis: the Saturday catechesis for children will recommence on Saturday, 4th February, at 10 am, in the free standing classroom of St Aloysius’ school. For planning purposes, parents are requested to enroll or re-enroll their children in the programme. Please email the Parish Secretary (secretary@newmanparish.org) with details of the names and ages of children to be enrolled. Catechism commences at 10 am and, after a short break around 11 am, continues with sacred music. Classes finish at Noon.

Adult catechesis will recommence on Saturday, 18th February, at 11.10 am (concluding at Noon). The basic text is the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Registration is not required – just come to Maryvale.

Latin course: following his popular introductory class late last year, David Garland will teach a weekly Latin class following Sunday Solemn Mass, commencing Sunday 5th February. The first term runs until 2nd April (inclusive). The cost per term is $50 (this can be negotiated in cases of hardship), with profits being donated to the new Benedictine foundation in Tasmania. Please register by contacting the Secretary (secretary@newmanparish.org).

Christmas Offering envelopes are now available (in the vestibule and in the pews). Your offerings are for the support of the priests who serve the Newman Parish. The envelopes may be placed in any Sunday collection over the coming weeks. Thank you!

Please pray for Br Antoninus Mary Samy OP, as he prepares to take his Solemn vows in Washington DC on 4th February.

The Bible Study Classes which run on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, recommence on February 14th. All welcome and no previous knowledge is required. Currently we are studying 2nd Corinthians. Please contact Fr Marshall if you have any questions.

Essential work on St Aloysius’ Church roof, especially replacement of the ridge capping, should begin tomorrow. Please be conscious of the presence of workmen, and their vehicles, etc, at this time.

Stewardship and the Newman Parish – planned giving: new Parishioners are invited to consider pledging their regular financial support for the support of the clergy who serve them, and for the needs of the Newman Parish. Existing Parishioners are also urged to review their contributions, in proportion to their means. Pledge forms are available in the vestibule. Envelopes for 2017 are now available for collection from the vestibule after the Sunday Masses, or from the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 3 pm. Planned giving by electronic means (direct debit or credit card) is preferred, but envelopes will continue to be available for those who wish.

Notre Dame Priory – Foundation Day: Fr Pius Noonan OSB has issued an invitation to the Foundation Day of Notre Dame Priory: WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2017 AT 11 AM, ST PATRICK’S CHURCH, COLEBROOK, TASMANIA. The day will commence with the celebration of a Solemn High Mass in the Latin Extraordinary Form
by Dom Pius Mary Noonan,
Prior of the new community,
in the presence of the Most Rev Julian Porteous, Archbishop of Hobart. A luncheon will be provided by the community after the Mass in the town hall. RSVP for catering purposes is essential before 31st January 2017. The day will conclude with Solemn Vespers at 4:30pm in St Patrick’s Church. RSVP at: ndp.foundationday@gmail.com.


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